The secret dairies of top sixties 'Plod' Jack Slipper are to be serialised in The Spoof and we must say that they make for some extraordinary reading.
The world of crime will be agog at one entry in particular that says Slipper strongly suspected that the brains behind the Great Train Robbery wasn't Bruce Reynolds, but was in fact none other than loveable cockney rogue Norman Stanley Fletcher.
Fletcher, who went on to star in Porridge, the BBC's fly on the wall documentary about prison life, after he got nicked for a robbery that went wrong, was according to Slipper "Well and truly in the frame for one of the biggest crimes in British blagging history"
But the former head of the Flying Squad and John Thaw and Dennis Waterman's boss, goes on to tell how Fletcher beat the rap when he was given an alibi by a new young Brummie face, Lenny Godber, who had just recently arrived in the smoke and was looking to get involved in a caper.
Towards the end of his life one or two critics had said that Slipper was losing it and retiring into a fantasy world but the crystal clarity of his recollections will prove that he was still as sharp as a tack.
The first extract of his sensational dairies will be in The Spoof on Sunday this weekend. Don't miss it crime fans.